About the Course

Pupils follow the National Curriculum and study British and World History from 1066 to the present day. In Year 7 we cover the era 1066 to 1603, Year 8 study aspects of life between 1603 and 1901, and Year 9 focus on the 20th century. We organise our curriculum around the themes of Ruling, Living and Working, and Moving and Travelling.

Year 10 and 11 follow the Edexcel Modern World History course which covers 4 topics: Warfare and British society c.1250–present (including London and the Second World War 1939–45), the reigns of King Richard I and King John 1189–1216, Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941–91, and Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918–39. This course is assessed on exams at the end of Year 11.

History is a richly rewarding subject to study at A-level as it combines academic rigour with fascinating stories. It is considered one of the eight “facilitating subjects” by the Russell Group universities as it teaches you skills that are transferable to many different degrees. It is rated as one of four “hard” A Level subjects by the Russell Group, and it enhances employability due to the development of skills such as communication, problem-solving and making judgements.

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Graduates of History from university go on to work in diverse fields because of the transferable skills it develops: employers appreciate applicants with strong communication skills, problem-solving ability, and the ability to make evidence based judgements. This allows History graduates to work as lawyers, accountants, teachers, and in other professions, but also to work in fields such advertising, banking and journalism.

History is consistently regarded as a strongly academic subject in Higher Education. It provides a useful background to the study of all areas where critical and analytical skills are required. It provides students with essential organisational and research skills, and a solid understanding of the world around them. Many historians go on to study Law, Business studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, English and other humanities subjects, as well as History and Archaeology. However, the skills and academic demand inherent in the subject mean it will open doors to any degree at any university.

Head of Department:

Ms McMahon

Email:

mcmahonh@cfbs.islington.sch.uk

A Level History

History